27 July 2009

A pretty suprise



This is the view COMIC and I saw yesterday evening.

We were sitting on our back-porch swing, watching, after he had just put up the new hummingbird feeders. They're so fast, those little buggers! And small! So very small that you can barely see them! Anyways, here's some facts::::::::

Facts:

Hummingbirds are found only in North America and South America.
Hummingbirds are found as far north as southeastern Alaska and as far south as southern Chile.
South America has the biggest variety of hummingbirds and more than half the species are found there. The country of Ecuador in northwestern South America has the largest number of hummingbirds of any one country with 163 different species.
There are over fifty species of hummingbirds that regularly breed in Mexico.

Hummingbirds range in size from the smallest (the Bee Hummingbird of Cuba that weighs about 2.2 grams) ..... to the largest (the Giant Hummingbird of South America that weighs about 20 grams).

Unlike other birds, a hummingbird can rotate it's wings in a circle. Because of this special hummingbird fact, they are the only bird that can fly both forwards and backwards. They can also fly up, down, sideways, hover in one spot, or fly upside down for short distances.
Normal flight speed for hummingbirds is about 25 miles per hour, but they have been clocked at speeds in excess of fifty miles per hour during their courtship dives.
During normal flight a hummingbirds wings beat about 60-80 times per second. In their courtship dives they might beat up to 200 times per second.

Hummingbirds will feed 5 to eight times every hour for 30 to 60 seconds at a time

2 comments:

  1. Aren't they amasing...........and so beautiful.

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  2. Awesome info! They are amazing little creatures.

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